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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Athletics at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 18, 2016
Date Finished: August 19, 2016

Gold: USA United States
Silver: JAM Jamaica
Bronze: GBR Great Britain

Summary

This was expected to be a battle between the Jamaicans and the Americans, with Jamaica, led by 100-200 winner [Elaine Thompson], favored for the gold. They won heat one easily and their task seemed easier when the US team botched the second exchange between [Allyson Felix] and [English Gardner]. The veteran Felix made Gardner retrieve the baton and finish the race, but the US finished sixth and seemingly out of the final. The US protested, howeer, that the adjacent Brazilian runner had moved out of her lane and interfered with the Americans and the protest was upheld. The US team was allowed to run a time trial later that evening and attempt to qualify on time, requiring them to use the same lane and the same team, and the US ran 41.77 to move into the final.

The unusual circumstances forced the US out of the prime inner lanes and they had to run in lane one. [Tianna Bartoletta] put the Americans in the lead on the opening leg and Felix held off Thompson on the backstretch, giving Gardner a tenuous lead. Gardner pulled the US ahead with a scorching turn run, allowing 100 metre silver medalist [Tori Bowie] to win easily, as she pulled away from 100 bronze medalist, and 2008-12 100 gold medalist, [Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce]. The US foursome ran 41.01, the second fastest time ever.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Germany GER
5 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
6 Ukraine UKR
7 Canada CAN
8 Nigeria NGR
4 h2 r1/2 France FRA
5 h1 r1/2 China CHN
5 h2 r1/2 Switzerland SUI
6 h1 r1/2 Netherlands NED
7 h1 r1/2 Poland POL
8 h1 r1/2 Ghana GHA
AC h2 r1/2 Kazakhstan KAZ
AC h2 r1/2 Brazil BRA